Archive for the ‘Feminist, Sexuality, and Gender Studies’ Category

Intersections: An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies Conference

August 28, 2012

I just learned about a conference that seems really amazing- it’s called “Intersections: An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference,” and it will take place on October 20th at Princeton University. Conference organizers are still seeking project proposals- the deadline for abstract submissions is this Friday, the 31st. Contact information for submitting a proposal can be found here. The keynote speaker will be Kara Keeling, a professor of cinematic arts at the University of Southern California and author of the book The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense.

According to the call for papers, Intersections “seeks to create a public forum for dialogue on innovative research across disciplines and fields that interrogate the intersections between blackness and queerness. Against an abjuring history, we ask: how might we understand the relationship between blackness and queerness if we first reject the premise of their mutual exclusivity? How might transit between blackness and queerness open up new pathways of thought to engage thinking concerned with a host of issues ranging from agency to temporality to phenomenology to resistance?  Are we in a post-black or post-queer moment, and if so, how might a reinterrogation of both blackness and queerness reanimate supposedly deadened modes of inquiry?”

I’m going to try to make it to the conference myself- I presented at a conference at Princeton once, it was a really great experience (and the area is gorgeous).




2012 Rainbow Book List

August 13, 2012

Every January the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table and Social Responsibilities Round Table join forces to create the Rainbow Book List. A carefully selected bibliography of high-quality books with diverse GLBTQ content, the Rainbow Book List is targeted at readers between 0-18 years of age.

I’ve looked over the 2012 Rainbow Book List and just from the titles alone am impressed with the selection. As a queer librarian who came out in my late teens it gives me great joy that resources like these exist. Anyone interested in checking out past lists can go here and find lists dating back to 2008.

Guide to New York City Women’s and Social Justice Organizations

July 9, 2012

When I worked at Sarah Lawrence I would often refer patrons to the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s wonderful Guide to NYC Women’s and Social Justice Organizations.

The Guide is a directory of 500+ NYC-based organizations which all work for sexual, racial, economic and/or social justice. You can check out the organizations either alphabetically or categorically (e.g. Activism, Arts and Media, and Labor).

It’s a great place to explore if you’re looking for employment or volunteer opportunities, as well as building connections with people who are doing amazing things in our community on a daily basis.

Queer Immigration Reading List

July 3, 2012

My friend Charlotte sent me a link awhile ago that I’ve been meaning to blog about. Published by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, the Queer Immigration Reading List is an excellent bibliography of 20+ free online articles pertaining to experiences of LGBTQ immigrants in the United States.

While the bibliography is a bit dated (the most recent articles were published in 2009), the librarian in me thought this resource could particularly be of use to people researching queers and immigration rights from a historical perspective.

On a related note, my friend Stina and I recently wrote a joint book review on two recent texts exploring the treatment of queers in the U.S. criminal justice system, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States. The same website, Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, posted a well-written and informative 2011 paper called “Connecting the Dots: How Immigrant Repression and U.S. Incarceration Serve Global Capitalist Interests,” which I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to learn more about these significant issues. The paper is available for free download here.

Feminist Texts by Women of Color

April 24, 2012

I am such a fan of free subject bibliographies. A librarian friend shared one with me recently that she saw on the blog My Life as a Feminista that I wanted to share on my own blog.

Titled “Feminist Texts Written by Women of Color,” this comprehensive lists divides the texts by type of resource (books, anthologies, and essays).  There are also a number of other authors and poets that the bibliography’s creator listed, such as Nikki Giovanni, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Staceyann Chin.

Adrienne Rich Tribute

April 12, 2012

For many years I have called Adrienne Rich my favorite poet. In college I studied her work in a feminist poetry class; I also had the opportunity to see her read from her work.  Her essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence” was also deeply influential to me in my late teens as I was figuring out my own identity. These days I keep my personal copy of her collection “The Dream of a Common Language” on my desk at work at all times.

News of her passing last month touched me on many levels. A close friend texted me the news as I was riding on the train home from work. I spent the rest of my commute that day reading her “21 Love Poems” on my phone. It was with much gladness that I just learned Rich will be honored this coming Monday, April 16th at Columbia University at a memorial event called “Adrienne Rich: Tribute, Reading Celebration.”  Nearly twenty people will commemorate Rich by offering tributes and reading from her work.

I hope to see you there!

African-American Women Digital Collection

April 3, 2012

Duke University’s David M. Rubinstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library has some excellent online archival collections. Today I want to profile African American Women, which contains three digital collections.

The first is called “Elizabeth Johnson Harris: Life Story,” and includes full-text of memoirs and poems/articles written by Harris, a Georgia writer. The second collection is called “Hannah Valentine & Lethe Jackson: Slave Letters,” and the third is “Vilet Lester Letter,” a scanned version of a letter written by Lester in 1857.

While you’re on the Rubinstein website I encourage you to check out their other rich digital collections as well!

Backtalk/Crosstalk: The Scholar-Activist in African Gender Studies

February 20, 2012

I just saw on Facebook that the Barnard Center for Research on Women is hosting another wonderful event! This time it’s called Backtalk/Crosstalk: The Scholar-Activist in African Gender Studies. This year’s Backtalk/Crosswalk forum will feature three amazing scholar activists – Gayatri Spivak, Jane Bennett, and Amina Mama – on a panel moderated by Yvette Christiansë.

The event will be held on March 1st at 6:30PM in James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall.

Free download of my zine!

February 13, 2012

Last year I published a zine called “My Feminist Friends,” consisting of interviews with five of my friends on all things feminist. The zine includes artwork created by friends and family as well. It was a joy to make and I am toying around with the idea of making a second issue later this year.

I sent a copy of “My Feminist Friends” to the Queer Zine Archive Project a couple months ago to be digitized, and was quite pleased today to see on Facebook that my zine is now available for free digital download! QZAP is one of my favorite zine projects ever. 🙂

“Out of the Attic and Into the Stacks”

February 7, 2012

My blogging buddy Anna- the feminist librarian– just informed me about the event of my dreams — Out of the Attic and Into the Stacks: Feminism and LIS: the Unconference. According to Anna’s blog the unconference  will be a “meeting of practitioners, scholars and aspirants in the field of library and information studies to explore feminism as theory, boundary, ecology, method,flavor, relationship, and epistemology — among others.”

It will take place at the University of Milwaukee from March 9-11th.  I’m really disappointed that I can’t attend- especially given the fact that I will be in the Midwest two days later for a different library conference!

The registration fee is very reasonable – $25!  Anyone interested in attending can sign up here.